For those of you who haven’t used Twitter before, this might be the day to get started. C.A.R. is urging members to tweet some of our messages on SB 30 to make sure the legislature knows you care about the bill.
First, set up an account at www.twitter.comand create a “handle.” For instance, C.A.R.’s Government Affairs Twitter handle is @cargovtaffairs. You can customize your page. And then you can have family, friends and clients “follow” you.
Next, you’re ready to “tweet.”Messages, including spaces, must be no more than 140 characters long. See some of our sample messages today.
Include hashtags (#).When you include a hashtag – for instance #YesSB30 – people looking for that subject can search all the tweets or messages with that hashtag. It helps messages to “go viral.”
Include a links when you can.So today, we are including a link to C.A.R.’s web page on SB 30. You will notice that it’s shorter than a regular link you are used to seeing. Because we can only use so many characters (remember, the limit is 140), you can use a free service called Bitly – www.bitly.com – to shorten the links. When you use your account later for other purposes, you can link to your listings, web site, etc.
Get a “handle” on things.When you want someone specific to be aware of your message – like a legislator – include their “handle” in your message. For instance, if you wanted Assembly Member Mike Gatto to know that you want him to support SB 30, include his handle -- @mikegatto – in your message.
Finally, ask people who see your message to “retweet.”This is easy. Just add RT to your message. When you want to “retweet” someone else’s message, just hover your cursor over the message and a blue menu of options will appear underneath the tweet. Just hit the “retweet” button.
So here’s what your tweet would look like: Pay large tax vs. foreclosure?? Help struggling homeowners @mikegatto #YesSB30 #CALeg http://on.car.org/redalertsb30Please RT!